Roxanne Smolen was born in Detroit, the eldest daughter of five children. She learned to read at an early age and read voraciously, be it classic novels, comic books, or cereal boxes.  As a child, her summers were spent on her aunt’s farm, a devout woman who encouraged her to read the Bible. Smolen became obsessed with Revelation and the apocalypse. She turned to science in an attempt to explain the phenomenon. Along the way, she discovered science fiction. She was drawn to stories about the end of the world but soon branched off to outer space and a limitless future. She decided to become an astronaut. But reality intervened. She married right out of high school and started a family. When her children were school-aged, she enrolled in Wayne State University, intent on becoming a scientist. However, she took a course in creative writing, and it became her passion. She decided if she couldn’t visit the stars in person, she would do it page by page. Yet again, life took another turn. Smolen was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease and lost her vision. Her husband gave her one year to mope and feel sorry for herself. Then he sent her to a local Lighthouse of the Blind to learn how to use a computer without looking. She has since written twelve novels in the science fiction realm, ranging from sci-fi to urban fantasy. She also writes a series of chapter books for middle-grade girls with her granddaughters. Her underlying themes are always the same. Believe in yourself and never give up.

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  1. Hi Roxanne! I just read your story of how your husband gave you one year to mope. Perhaps if I had that support in 1998, it wouldn’t have taken me 14 years to get to that place! But now I am here and we’ve met through the Book Marketing Challenge. I look forward to following you on your continued road. I usually just read books pertaining to positive psychology and memoirs/auto-biographies, but I am intrigued by the subject matter of your books along with the theme of believing in yourself and never giving up!

  2. i love your story and mine has been challenging as well, in a different way, but you have taken it to a whole new level. thank you for reading and following my words and i look forward to doing the same for you – best, beth

  3. You are an inspirational writer. I’m so pleased you overcame this disability and became so successful. Perhaps you would like to take a look at my recent post ‘Deserted Beach’ where I am promoting your website.

  4. Thank you for sharing. Please let me share. My mother learned in her early 20s that she would lose her sight; that came to be a fact of her life at her age of 37. She suffered from cataracts, RP, an eye hemorrage, and times when she would bump into hard items with her eye. I became the Santa in our family to my little brother and sister at age 13. My step-father was a merchant seaman, and was gone from home frequently and for long periods of time. The Lighthouse For The Blind was a blessing for my mother, and for my family. My post of “Christmas In The 50s” tells more of this story, as do the comment. Please keep up your good work; it is greatly needed. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you.

  5. Hi Roxanne, thank you for stopping by my blog and “liking” one of my posts. Wow your story sounds eerily familiar with the exception that I haven’t written any books. I find it interesting how you made the transition from the bible to science fiction and I can’t wait to explore some of your writing. ~Steph

    • Thanks for stopping by, Steph. Perhaps you should consider putting together a book of beauty hints for the blind. I think it would be well received, especially if it were an eBook where we can make the font really BIG.

      • You’re very welcome Roxanne. A friend of mine made a similar suggestion and I’m just trying to figure out a way to work it into my schedule. I agree with you that it’s something that could be well received and I think it’s definitely needed especially for women over age 40. The group of women I spoke with about this very topic were between the ages of 40-60 and they were very interested in learning how to make use of makeup and other beauty products.

  6. You’re amazing. Not because you are visualaly impaired, but because you’ve published so many stories and because you’re following your passion.

    I came upon your Create Space formatting tutorial about ten minutes ago and thought to myself, ‘I wonder if she would let me hire her for formatting help.’

    I’m blind myself and I use the JAWS For Windows screen reader, and formatting just turns into this huge battle. Screen reader versus Word’s ribbons, and it never turns out right. Hearing that you do it with no problem, now knowing you are also beusing a screen reader is encouraging. Any suggestions?

    Keep up the amazing work.


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